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2-1-1

Contact:
Population Served:

Everyone in the U.S. (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission

2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Basic human need resources: food banks, clothing, shelters, rent assistance and utility assistance
  • Physical and mental health resources: medical information lines, crisis intervention services, counseling, drug and alcohol intervention
  • Employment support: unemployment benefits, financial assistance, job training, transportation assistance and education programs
  • Support for older Americans and persons with disabilities: home healthcare, adult daycare, congregate meals, Meals on Wheels, respite care, transportation and homemaker services
  • Support for children, youth and families: childcare, family resource centers, summer camps and recreation programs, mentoring, tutoring and protective services.

2-1-1 Canada

Contact:
Population Served:

Certain sections of Canada (check the website for availability in your area)

Mission

2-1-1 is the telephone number of a call center that offers information and provides referrals to health and human services for everyday needs and in times of crisis. Services vary from community to community.

Examples of service referrals include:

  • Health services and support
  • Financial and social assistance
  • Housing and utility help
  • Food assistance and meal programs
  • Senior services and home care
  • Government program assistance
  • Parenting and family programs
  • Disability support services
  • Volunteer organizations
  • Newcomer services
  • Mental health support

A Special Wish Foundation

Contact: 614-258-3186
Population Served:

Children under the age of 21 diagnosed with a life-threatening disease. Grants wishes in Ohio first, as they are based in Ohio, and out-of-state wishes on a case-by-case basis.

Mission

To grant wishes to children with life-threatening/terminal medical disorders, thereby enhancing the quality of their life while providing emotional support to their family.

Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer

Contact: 214-361-2600
Population Served:

Needy children 18 years old or younger in the last stages of terminal cancer

Mission

Provides needy families, with children in the last stages of terminal cancer, assistance in creating everlasting memories. The assistance is arranged through the parents and is anonymous to the child.

  • Medicine of the Heart is an outreach program that has helps families and distributes monies to provide last wishes, gifts and financial assistance to terminally ill children and their needy families across the U.S.
  • If a child is under the age of 21, was diagnosed before turning 18 and is still being treated in pediatric oncology, may still qualify for assistance
  • One member of child’s medical team must apply
  • There is a $2,000 cap per family.

Dear Jack Foundation

Contact: Website
Population Served:

Young adult cancer patients and survivors in the US

Mission

To provide impactful programming benefiting adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer; to improve quality of life; to create positive health outcomes from treatment to survivorship.

  • Breathe Now program is a yoga retreat for survivors ages 21 to 39 years (1 to 3 years from active treatment) and their partners (who were with them during treatment).  Includes healthy eating and sessions with a social worker to help couples get back to a balanced relationship and away from being patient and caregiver.
  • LifeList program is for 18-39 year old patients, currently undergoing treatment for a difficult cancer diagnosis, to make a wish list of positive activities, items and/or adventures.  Includes the opportunity to connect with others who have experienced similar journeys.

Dream Foundation

Contact: 888-437-3267
Population Served:

Any adult, age 18 years or older in the U.S. who has received a year or less prognosis, and cannot financially afford their dream or wish themselves

Mission

To serve terminally ill adults and their families by providing end-of-life Dreams that offer inspiration, comfort, and closure

  • General application for adults with a life limiting illness and a life expectancy of one year or less; hospice professionals may also apply for the adult
  • Dreams for Veterans is a national program that honors our nation’s veterans and their families during their end-of-life journey with the realization of a dream come true
  • Flower Empower is a Santa Barbara-based, volunteer-driven program that delivers hope and compassion, in the form of beautiful bouquets to those in need
  • Toy Program provides toys to the children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews or younger siblings that are present in the Dream Recipient's life. The toys are sent to the Dream Recipient who then gives the toys to the children.
     

Grahamtastic Connection

Contact: 207-324-0888 ext. 210
Population Served:

Critically ill children, ages 3 to 18 years living in the US with priority to children in the Northeast

Mission

To provide free laptops, tablets, and robotics to seriously ill children for educational purposes. 

  • Provides laptops and other technology to children during treatment so they can continue their education and connect with their teachers as well as with family, friends, and medical providers
  • Professional from child’s medical team must submit request.

Hopecam

Contact: 703-364-5609
Population Served:

Children in treatment for cancer in grades Pre-K through 12

Mission

Overcome the social isolation of children in treatment for cancer through technology

  • Connects homebound children to their classmates and family at no cost to the participant or school via web cameras, internet and laptops.
  • Child must be in active treatment and in grade Pre-K through 12th grade

Make-A-Wish America

Contact: 800-722-9474
Population Served:

Children with life-threatening medical conditions that have reached the age of 2½ and are under the age of 18 at the time of referral. Children must be referred within one year of the end of treatment. Children must not have already have had a wish granted by any other wish granting organization.

Mission

The mission of Make-A-Wish America is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

  • Every wish experience is driven by the wish child’s interests, creativity and personality.
  • Healthcare professionals, parents, legal guardians, family members and potential wish recipients can initiate the referral inquiry process.
  • The child's treating physician will be contacted to determine whether the child meets our eligibility criteria at the time they are referred.

Nikolas Ritschel Foundation

Contact: Website only
Population Served:

Young adult cancer patients ages 18-24 in the US

Mission

To provide enrichment opportunities and encouragement to young adult cancer patients

  • Apply online to request a wish for respite, travel, technology or other needs.

Starlight Children’s Foundation

Contact: Website
Population Served:

Children and teens with chronic or life-threatening medical conditions in the U.S., Canada, United Kingdom, Israel, Australia, New Zealand; teens ages 13-20 with medical issues worldwide and their teen siblings

Mission

Partners with experts to create programs that help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

  • Partner facilities offer in-hospital programs such as parties and entertainment
  • Check with your child’s treatment center to see if a Starlight Comfort Kit is available (backpack filled with toys, games, books).

Sy's Fund

Contact: Website
Population Served:

Young adults ages 18-39 in the US who are receiving medical care for cancer or severe medical issues related to their cancer

Mission

To assist young adults who are facing the challenges of cancer by funding their creative passions, pursuits, and hobbies as well as integrative therapies.

  • May help young adult cancer patients with funding for integrative therapies such as massage, reiki, acupuncture, etc. May also provide meaningful gifts (e.g. art supplies) to pursue creative goals.

Warrior Horses

Contact: Website
Population Served:

Children and adolescents ages 2 -19 years with cancer in the US

Mission

To bring joy and a unique experience to pediatric cancer patients by matching them with a "warrior" horse.

  • Matches pediatric cancer patients with a horse that participates in the show ring.  Patients may visit their horse in person or virtually, and follow the horse’s journey in competitions.